Eurovision 2018 catch-up: What happened to Netta?

It’s almost been already a year since Israel’s representative Netta Barzilai swept competition in 2018 in the beautiful city of Lisbon.

The plus-size beauty amazed the crowd not only with her feminist anthem “Toy” but also with her fashion sense, rich in kawaii and Japanese influences and has inspired other plus size women to be proud of their shape and of who they are. The lyrics of the song are predominantly English with a small amount of Hebrew. When the video was released, 20 million views were collected in less than two months and the singer was soon considered a force to be reckoned with. On top of that, Barzilai was invited to perform at the opening ceremony to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Israeli state.

Her journey began in 2017 when the singer auditioned successfully for HaKokhav HaBa, the TV series responsible for selecting the representative for Israel in the Eurovision contest. After performing songs by Rihanna, the Spice Girls, David Guetta, Kesha and Psy, Barzilai won the competition and earned the right to represent her country in the 2018 edition of Eurovision.

 

Her Eurovision single topped the U.S. and Israeli charts at #1 and was Top 10 and 20 in countries such as Sweden, France, and Norway. Considering the past winners, Barzilai and her single were very successful.

 

With all these successes, and an important victory under her belt, what is Netta up to now?

As of late, she has released a new song called “Bassa Sababa” and not only is it a song evoking feminism but also share candid details of the singer’s experiences whilst living in Nigeria. The main feature of her video, a rhino, is an ode to African culture and is an animal she fell in love with and even included their sound within the track, just like she did with chickens in her previous single “Toy”. “Bassa Sababa” has topped the Israeli charts and has reached #13 in U.S. charts and is highly popular in Spotify.

Apart from music, Netta has been in the press lately defending her country from being the hosting nation of Eurovision after many were criticizing the country itself and its political agenda. The singer felt the need to specify that Israel is just as worthy as a host nation and that acceptance should be more practiced than preached.

 

Nonetheless, congratulations again for your well-deserved win!

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